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Linux Thin Clients: A Big Idea For Small Business?

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| Are endless cycles of PC "upgrades" downgrading your company's bottom line?
| Maybe it's time to revisit an IT concept that has never been a very big hit
| with small-business owners -- but whose time, perhaps, has finally arrived
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| Thin-client computing is a concept that carries some heavy baggage. It makes
| some folks think about 1970s-era "dumb" terminals that offered users the IT
| equivalent of a daily trip to the DMV. Others recall Larry Ellison's and
| Scott McNealy's attempts to bite Microsoft in the kneecaps by pushing
| Java-powered thin clients as an alternative to Windows.
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http://www.bmighty.com/blog/main/arc...thin_clie.html


Recent:

Linux Thin Client:Considering the Network

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| In this article, we see that though the complexity of networking cannot be
| stated strongly enough, it is important to design a rock-solid and stable
| network before your deployment begins. Follow standard methods and designs
| and work with your hardware vendors to make the best possible use of their
| equipment. Once you plug the thin client in the wall, you will be excited at
| the things to come and will be ready to configure the application servers.
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http://www.packtpub.com/article/linu...ng-the-network


The Skinny on Linux for Thin Client Computing

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| "Linux makes sense in thin-client computing for a number of reasons. First,
| when you're cutting costs on the hardware and resources required for thin
| clients, you probably don't want to see savings eaten up by licensing costs
| for the [operating system]. Linux is free and now supports almost all of the
| user applications required in typical settings," said Jay Lyman, an analyst
| with The 451 Group.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Th...ing-63167.html


LTSP 5 - Making Thin Clients Phat

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| Getting started with thin clients is quite simple. LTSP version 5 is already
| integrated into Fedora9, AltLinux, openSUSE-Edu, Debian, Ubuntu, and almost
| into Gentoo. If you are using a different distro, just drop on over to
| www.ltsp.org and pick up a copy to install yourself.
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...n-clients-phat


Little thin client runs Linux

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| The Italian firm CompuMaster has introduced a compact thin client that runs
| Linux. The "Praim Ino" can be mounted on the back of a monitor, draws just
| six Watts, and comes with a variety of client software, the company says.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9959736795.html


Related:

All Macedonian students to use Linux desktops

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| NComputing announced this week that its multi-user virtual desktop software
| and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to equip every school child in
| the Republic of Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, with a Linux desktop.
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http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7546509093.html


Mini mountable thin client runs Linux

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| BosaNova has added a low-power, compact, mountable model to its
| line of x86-architecture thin clients. Based on an AMD LX800
| processor, and with optional WiFi, the one-pound design is
| available with Linux as the RBT-802, or as the RBT-820 with Windows CE.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS7190647374.html


Is Linux Worth the Effort?

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| I've spent the better part of the past 2 weeks banging away on 2 LTSP servers
| for our school district. I find myself lamenting to those around me, and
| being an otherwise cranky guy as well. This morning it dawned on me that
| people probably think I'm having such a hard time because I'm using Linux
| instead of the "norm" -- but that's just not the case. * *
|
| Tomorrow morning, about 1200 people are going to log into thin clients strewn
| around the school district here in northern Michigan. I am using K12LTSP as
| my distribution, because the support is incredible, and it's designed for
| schools. The problem for me, however, is that Linux is so darn powerful, my
| users are overwhelmed by it. * *
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| [...]
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| Is it all worth it? Oh, heck yeah. Instead of managing 250 workstations, I'll
| be managing 2. I like that kind of math. There are still a couple hundred
| Macintosh computers, and handfuls of Windows PCs -- but I'd like not to think
| about those for a bit, and bask in my thin client glory. *
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1005992


New thin client series runs Linux

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| Acropolis updated its Linux-based thin-client OS earlier this month.
| Its NLX (New LinuX) 5 OS is based on Debian, and is available on an
| IDE flash plug-in module suitable for turning old PCs into modern
| thin clients.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS2016451866.html


World's lowest cost Linux thin client?

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| Bangkok-based Norhtec has unveiled a sub-$85 mini-PC claimed to be the most
| affordable Linux thin client system to date. The "ultra-low-power"
| MicroClient JrSX is based on a 300MHz x86-compatible SoC (system-on-chip) and
| includes both CompactFlash and 2.5-inch hard drive storage options, along
| with 10/100Mbps Ethernet networking.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5563564014.html


GNU/Linux thin-clients

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| I've been looking for a good GNU/Linux thin-client for my employer,
| a school district in the US. We have scores of aging desktops
| (primarily Intel PII 350 MHz and PIII 800 MHz systems) and looking
| more into the mobile arena for most computing needs.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...x_thin-clients


Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, Strategist Says *

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| For example, a number of companies have moved back to Windows XP after
| deploying Vista, Crawford said, before quoting Scott Granneman, an author, *
| entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as
| saying, "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your
| Windows box, you just have to work on it." *
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616
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